Giving Back – November
This is a week for giving. On Thursday, those of us who live in the US will be celebrating the annual Thanksgiving holiday, a time to gather with family and friends, to feast on turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and delicious pumpkins pies.
For me, the holiday celebration will begin a little early. Today. It’s my birthday, you see. Those who know me well already know that I was actually born on Thanksgiving. Yeah, folks, I’m a natural-born turkey.
Of course, Thanksgiving and my birthday don’t always coincide, although they’re never more than a few days apart. So, every year on my birthday, instead of getting presents, I like to count all the blessings I’ve already been given and look for ways to give back to others.
As an author, I’ve always celebrated the written word. I’m profoundly grateful for my ability to read and for the loving grandfather who patiently taught me as a child.
Unfortunately, not every child has that advantage. Even more unfortunate is the fact that not all parents understand the importance of reading, especially with very young children.
Reach Out and Read is an organization that is working to promote early childhood literacy. Their mission is to prepare America’s youngest children to succeed in school — and in life — by partnering with the medical community to prescribe books and to encourage families to spend time reading together.
- In pediatric exam rooms, trained doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud.
- At each regular checkup from 6 months through 5 years of age, the child receives a new book to take home.
- Parents become more engaged and read to their children more often.
From their website:
The program serves more than 4 million children and their families across the nation, with a special emphasis on serving those in low-income communities. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential in school and beyond.
As a way of giving back, I’m pledging to become a “Book Buddy” and donate to Reach Out and Read on a monthly basis. In addition, I’m also going to ask for your support — not monetary support, but your encouragement and your belief that literacy is important for children today.
Please leave a comment on this post expressing your support. For each comment received, I will donate an additional $1.00 toward the Reach Out and Read Book Drive. Donation will be sent on December 1, and the donated amount from comments will be used to purchase books. This first gift will be book/s for Age 6-12 months.
All comments will be appreciated. As a community of authors and readers, let’s show our support and encourage the truly priceless gift of reading.